The man accused of stabbing a man Friday afternoon is in the Knox County Detention Facility. The father of 26-year-old David Crist called the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Saturday morning and said his son wanted to turn himself in. Patrol Officers arrived at the Crist house on Drinnon Road and took the suspect into custody without incident around 10:30 a.m.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office was looking for Crist after he allegedly stabbed one man and punched a woman in the face numerous times. The victims and the suspect have been involved in a long running dispute.
The victims are 31-year-old Alisha Fields and 21-year-old Anthony Crowe of Smoky Row Road. Crowe was stabbed in the side with a pocket knife and was transported by ambulance to U.T. Hospital where he was treated and released. Fields drove herself to U.T. Hospital for treatment and was also released.
The incident occurred around 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at a gas station at the corner of Asheville Highway and Strawberry Plains Pike when the suspect saw the victims turning into the business. After the stabbing and assault, Crist fled the scene with two other men in the car. One man was his father and another a friend. They went to the father’s house on Drinnon Road and Crist escaped out the back when officers arrived.
Crist has been charged with aggravated assault with a $5,000 bond and simple assault with a bond of $1,500. Crist has been arrested in Knox County in the past for assault and various driving infractions. The other two men will not be charged.